WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- On Saturday, hundreds gathered at Wake Forest University to remember the life of Dr. Maya Angelou.
The people who knew Angelou personally said it was more of a celebration of her life than a somber event.
Jackie Fernadez reports on the dignitaries during Dr. Maya Angelou's funeral. WFMY NEWS 2
Oprah Winfrey, who knew Angelou since she was a local TV reporter, said holding back tears, "The loss I feel is something I cannot describe." For the people inside Wait Chapel, her heartbreak perfectly described what they felt.
Former President Bill Clinton said Angelou lived such a full life that it could have fit into five lifetimes.
First Lady Michelle Obama did not meet Angelou until 2008, but shared a personal story of how Angelou's works helped her learn self-acceptance.
She said Angelou's words were so "powerful they carried a little black girl from the south side of Chicago all the way to the White House."
From the White House to Angelou's own house, she had a gift of seeing the humanity in everyone. From presidents, to media moguls, to the friends she called family, they all turned to her for strength.
Actress, producer and journalist Rolanda Watts knew Angelou for more than 30 years. She said, "She's like a mother to me, and she's been there for me through the darkest days." Although she said her heart feels incredibly heavy, she also feels inspired to live a life Angelou would've been proud of.
"Everyone lost this treasure, but whats so wonderful is that I think everyone feels this new sense of step up our game. How can I be the rainbow in somebody else's life."